It happens in China, where an 18-year-old boy is faced with a sentence that is absurd.
The last thing 18-year-old Chinese Liu Dawei would have expected is that a purchase of 24 toy rifles would lead him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The accusation? Arms trafficking. According to the police, in fact, 20 of the 24 shotguns purchased were real weapons. The accusation might seem legitimate but the problem lies in the definition that in China is given to "firearm". In this country, in fact, the value of energy necessary for an object to be considered a firearm is very different from that of other countries. In short, the weapons purchased by the boy would not be real weapons and would certainly not be able to kill and perhaps not even injure.
The minimum penalty for arms trafficking in China is 7 years, the judge, however, given the large number of weapons, considered that the right sentence in this case was the death penalty, commuted to life imprisonment given the young age.
At the time of the sentence, Liu asked the judge to be shot with the weapons he had bought: if they were really dangerous, he would get the punishment he deserved, otherwise he could finally leave in peace. The request was denied but given the numerous media pressures there will soon be a retrial.